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Russian psychiatric hospital fire kills 23

Posted at 6:31 AM, Dec 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-13 08:31:15-05

A fire killed 23 people and injured another 23 at a Russian psychiatric hospital, authorities said Sunday.

The blaze started late Saturday night at the hospital in the southwestern region of Voronezh.

Hospital workers told state-run media there were 140 people in the building, including 50 who were bedridden.

An investigation is underway.

Russia's Ministry of Emergency Situations said the fire has been extinguished. Search-and-rescue teams were surveying the site and inspecting the building.